publication . Article . 2009

Degenerate Photography?

Michel Poivert;
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  • Published: 01 May 2009 Journal: Études Photographiques (issn: 1270-9050, eissn: 1777-5302, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Société Française de Photographie
Abstract
Pictorialist photography is renowned for its use of pigment printing techniques which enabled interpretive rendering of the photographic subject. Yet a large part of the pictorialist aesthetic came from optics that furnished the ‘blurred’ effects characteristic of the pictorialist movement. Drawing on theories by the Englishman Emerson, which proposed capitalizing on the eye’s natural imperfections, specialized optics were created to obtain the desired effects. France most significantly surpassed the naturalist aesthetic through the use of lenses calculated to preserve aberrations and interpret the subject from the moment the initial image was made. This ‘aesthe...
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free text keywords: Visual arts, N1-9211, Photography, TR1-1050
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publication . Article . 2009

Degenerate Photography?

Michel Poivert;